Qushji’s great mathematical mind profoundly impacted the science of astronomy. His knowledge was borrowed by scholars worldwide, mainly the Indian subcontinent.
The decision was not met with the kind of hysteria that some tried, and failed, to impose on it.
Turkey's foreign ministry says Greece showcased its hostility against Islam and Turkey once again under the pretext of showing reaction against the reopening of the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque for worship.
This is the full transcript of the first Friday prayer sermon since the Hagia Sophia’s restoration to a mosque.
Mimar Sinan, an undisputedly greatest architect of the Ottoman era, constructed supporting blocks and minarets around Hagia Sophia in the 16th century, reinforcing its dome and increasing its longevity.
A fortnight ago a Turkish court ruled that the 1934 decree converting the historic site into a museum was not legal, paving the way for its restoration as a mosque.
Some marbles carry the writings of the Vikings, some doors carry the weight of jaw-dropping myths. The great Hagia Sophia houses many secrets within its magnificent walls. Here are some.
Turkey's presidential spokesperson has said the art, artefacts and architecture of the historic building will not be damaged. A Turkish court annulled a 1934 decree to restore Hagia Sophia's status as a mosque, with the first prayers set for July 24.
Turkey has been providing military aid to the Tripoli-based government in the Libya conflict, while Egypt, the UAE and Russia have backed warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Hagia Sophia decision would not harm relations between Moscow and Ankara.
Is the state of secularism in Turkey entirely predicated upon the exclusion of worshippers from the Hagia Sophia?
Erdogan's comments come after a top Turkish administrative court annulled the 1934 conversion of Hagia Sophia into a museum.
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